Plymouth investigating bomb threat
PLYMOUTH - In regard for student safety, Plymouth School officials called for a two hour delay to classes Thursday after a bomb threat was discovered at Plymouth High School.
Security measures already in place within school corporation buildings will likely lead to the identification of who left the threat.
“There are security cameras in the hallway of the (high school),” said Plymouth Superintendent of Schools Dan Tyree. “We obviously don’t have cameras inside the restrooms but we do have film of every individual who walked in and out of that particular restroom yesterday. We will follow up on everybody.”
Tyree said that school officials and police were in the process of examining video from the camera and planned to conduct interviews based on the footage.
“I understand this is a terrifying situation for parents and it’s why we are taking every precaution that we can to ensure everyone’s safety,” said Tyree.
Every day all Plymouth school corporation buildings are “locked down” - meaning that no person can enter without being “buzzed” in by the main office.
Cameras at each entrance capture the image of everyone who comes in and out each day, even if they have a key for the entrance.
School and police officials are confident that no party could have entered the building or the restroom in question without being detected.
The threat - left written on a bathroom wall - was discovered by school officials shortly after dismissal of classes on Wednesday.
All after school extra-curricular activities at PHS were cancelled immediately and the premises evacuated, allowing Plymouth Police to make an initial search of the building.
School officials were present to meet the sports teams that were at away games, to keep them from entering the school Wednesday evening when they arrived back in Plymouth.
School officials contacted the Indiana State Police bomb squad K9 units who were assembled and arrived in Plymouth early Thursday morning to conduct another sweep of the building.
“These are the same dogs they use to search the capitol building, Colts stadium and the Governor’s mansion in this type of situation,” said Tyree. “They weren’t able to get here before Thursday morning. By 8 a.m. they’d conducted a thorough sweep of the building and did not discover anything.”
School officials made the decision to continue with school for the day with an increased security presence.
Criminal charges will be filed in the case along with a school suspension followed by a possible expulsion once a suspect is identified. There will also be other consequences.
“The person or person’s determined to be responsible also face incurring the cost of the entire investigation,” said Tyree. “The court can deem them liable to pay for everything. Right now we have at least 20 police officers and dogs at the school and overtime for all of them and school administrator’s who’ve been on pretty much around the clock.”